The Poetry Project is proud to offer The Brannan Prize, an annual $1,000 prize for emerging poets in honor of former Poetry Project intern and poet Lisa Brannan, called The Brannan Prize. In addition to the financial prize, the winning poet will have one poem published in The Poetry Project Newsletter. The generosity and dedication of our interns and volunteers — often emerging poets themselves — is invaluable to The Poetry Project, and we are so honored to offer this prize, which supports emerging poets, in the memory of our former intern, Lisa Brannan.
Lisa Brannan was a Poetry Project intern in New York City during the mid-1990’s. She was born in 1975, grew up in South Carolina, and moved to New York to study engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. While a student, Lisa began to develop an interest in the local literary and cultural scene of Lower Manhattan. Her interests shifted from science and engineering to creative writing. She joined The Poetry Project as an intern in 1995 and helped the Project with event promotion and archiving. Lisa developed her writing by immersing herself in the world of the subjects and themes that interested her. Her work explored the role and experience of marginalized women, sexual dynamics, drug addiction, and other difficult topics. Lisa passed away on June 4, 1997, at the age of 22 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The 2021 Third Annual Brannan Prize
The Poetry Project is grateful to announce that the 2021 Third Annual Brannan Prize will be judged by Cedar Sigo. Submissions will be open from April 15–May 15. Read below for more details.
Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Language Arts (Wave Books, 2014), Stranger in Town (City Lights, 2010), Expensive Magic (House Press, 2008), two editions of Selected Writings (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003 and 2005) and most recently the Bagley Wright Lecture Series book Guard the Mysteries (Wave Books, 2021). He has taught workshops at St. Mary’s College, Naropa University and University Press Books. He is currently a mentor in the low residency MFA program at The Institute of American Indian Arts. He lives in Lofall, Washington.
There is no fee for poets interested in submitting to the prize. Poets interested in having their work considered should observe the guidelines below:
- Send 3 previously unpublished poems in a single .pdf, .doc, or .docx attachment, not to exceed 15 pages to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Only 1 entry of 3 poems per poet.
- Personal identification should not appear in the submission document in any form. The judge for The Brannan Prize will review all submissions without any identifying information. Identifying information should be included in the body text of your email only, not in the submission attachment.
- Emerging, in this case, will not be defined by age but by publication record. The criteria for submission is that the poet may not have published a full-length book at the time the prize is given, although chapbook publication is fine.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere before the June prize announcement.
- We will accept submissions from April 15 - May 15, 2021.
Emma Gomis was selected as the winner for the second annual Brannan Prize, judged by Patricia Spears Jones.
Read Emma Gomis’ poem in Poetry Project Newsletter #262
Will Farris was selected as the winner for the first annual Brannan Prize, judged by Lisa Jarnot.
Read Will Farris's poem in Poetry Project Newsletter #259